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The dazzling dozen: the Trust's top stories of 2017

The dazzling dozen: the Trust's top stories of 2017
29 December 2017

There has been a wealth of good news stories for the Trust's Communications Team to report during 2017. Here’s 12 of the biggest and best – with a whopper for starters.

1.Trust wins £80 million contract to provide adult community services in Scarborough and Ryedale (22 Nov) – the #oneteam, as they’ve now become known, pulled out all the stops to secure this key contract from NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group. It’s now full steam ahead with the mobilisation before the new service goes live on 1 April 2018;

2. Humber NHS Foundation Trust has made improvements to its mental health services, say independent inspectors (17 Feb) – the Care Quality Commission lifted all of the Trust’s warning notices, a move which signalled we were no longer breaching its requirements. We will find out soon if the progress the Trust has made during the past 18 months is reflected in the CQC’s next report. It's due to be published shortly;

3. Humber NHS Foundation Trust awarded multi-million pound contract to develop new mental health inpatient unit for children and young people (3 Jul) – another huge contract landed, this time from NHS England, to provide a key service for young people from North and North East Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding. The service will end out-of-area treatment for some of our most vulnerable young people;

4. Trust secures £700,000 grant to improve mental health service at Hull and East Riding’s A&E (28 Apr) – more vitally important funding to help us improve a critical and highly-rated service, one which earned a nomination for a Hull Daily Mail Health and Social Care Award;

5. Sanctuary for people in emotional distress to be opened by the Trust – (10 May) – the ‘Crisis Pad’ opened at St Andrew’s Place, in Hull, with our sub-contractor, Humbercare, providing services which have since received excellent feedback from service users;

6. Michele Moran appointed permanent Chief Executive – (3 Feb) – the former boss of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, who joined the Trust on an interim basis in September 2016, was given a permanent contract;

7. Trust joins forces with Artlink and Hull City of Culture 2017 to launch Hear in Hull – (28 Sep) – Trust speech and language therapists Ruth Edwards and Siobhan Ward were the brains behind this highly regarded City of Culture stammering awareness project;

8. Trust to open ‘safe space’ in Hull for young people in crisis after securing £115,000 grant – (21 Nov) – Following the success of its sister service for adults, this vital initiative for young people secured some of the Government’s £335 million winter cash injection. The new service will begin in the New Year;

9. Top psychiatrist declares himself “incredibly impressed” by secure hospital and says one of its murals is “a model” for similar units to follow – (13 Jul) – Professor Louis Appleby was the special guest at the Humber Centre’s 25th birthday celebrations. He unveiled a plaque, painted a part of the new American Diner mural and was very complimentary about the staff and their work;

10. Trust appoints new Medical Director – (4 Sep) – Irishman Dr John Byrne was handed the top medical job following predecessor Dr Dasari Michael’s decision to return full-time to his work at learning disability service Townend Court. His weekly blogs, posted on the staff intranet, are fast becoming required reading;

11. Trust shortlisted for prestigious healthcare award – (20 Mar) – Drafted by Salli Midgley, Assistant Director of Nursing (Operations), the Trust submission for the 2017 HSJ Patient Safety Awards made it through to the final stages in the ‘Changing Culture’ category. It was another indication that the Trust was heading in the right direction;

12. Humber recruits from within to fill crucial Director of Finance role – (31 Mar) – Peter Beckwith was appointed to the Trust’s top financial post following Adrian Snarr’s decision to take a senior position with NHS England in Leeds. Mr Beckwith was given the tough task of leading the Trust’s efforts to save £5.2 million in the 2017-18 financial year.

You can read these and all of the other Trust stories from 2017 on the Trust’s website, available at

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